This Is Mi Casa

A blog about food, crafts and family

This Is Mi Casa - A blog about food, crafts and family

Leeks

As our family, and by family I mean Me, becomes more adventurous in the foods we are eating, there is always something special about foods that we have been eating for years.

One if my favorites is Leek and Potato Soup, sometimes known as Vichyssoise.

Leeks belong to the onion and garlic family. I love having then in my fridge because they taste great in soups and quiche. I usually cut back a little of the onion I add and replace it with some chopped leeks. I find that leeks bring a different depth to the meal; a more earthy tasty.

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My mother makes a wonderful Potato Leek Soup. On a cold and rainy afternoon, I love the smell of the leeks cooking on my stove. Then, for dinner, the soup is amazing to warm you up.

Here’s the recipe.

Potato Leek Soup

2 tbsp butter
6 leeks, white part only*
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 med potatoes
6 cups chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup light cream**
Chives

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and onion and cook until soft, stirring often.

Add the potatoes, stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 mins.

Puree with an immersion blender or in a food processor. Return to pot and slowly, over low heat, stir in cream.

Ladle into bowls and garnish with chives.

*note: if the white part of the leek is very long, then I only add 3 leeks. I add 6 if the white part is very short.
** I sometimes substitute 2% milk for the cream

Do you have a favorite leek recipe? Let me know.

Buen provecho!

Apples Galore

Look outside and you can see that the leaves are changing color and  you can feel that there is a coolness to the morning air. Autumn is definitely here.

I love autumn for being able to wear cozy sweaters and boots, for warm nights by our wood burning fireplace,  for soups and stews and especially for apples.

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I always have lots of apples but this year especially. I bought 2 bushels of apples plus we went apple picking so I’m pretty set with apples until next fall I think.

Apples are so tasty and versatile. The kids and I  love eating them fresh but I usually make applesauce, apple pies and apple crisp with them which makes the house smell amazing.

This year I ventured out a little more thanks to some blogs I read. I’ve already made apple cider donuts, some apple butter in my slow cooker and a batch of apple butter snickerdoodle cookies. I have a few more recipes to try however the snickerdoodles were so soft and tasty I just had to share this find with you.

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You can find the recipe for these super yummy and moist cookies here.

Since I’m always looking for new ideas, Let me know how you like to use up all your apples.

Buen provecho!

#1 Dad!

Father’s day is on Sunday. If you gave littles ones at home and are looking for an easy craft to do why not try making
a trophy celebrating your #1 Dad!

I found these sturdy cups at the dollar store.

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Then have the kids paint them with acrylic paints.
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Once dry have the kids decorate them with stickers to personalize.

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So cute!

Happy Father’s Day!

Veggie Dip Goodness

With the warmer weather finally here, I find myself cooking on the Barbecue and eating outdoors more often. Hamburgers, grilled chicken, ribs, steak, kebabs, the possibilities are endless and oh so tasty!!

 

I love to grill my vegetables. I especially love them the next day cold in a wrap with feta, so good! But this time of year, farmers markets are open and local vegetables taste so good raw that it would be a shame to cook them.

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Luckily, My kids like snacking on raw vegetables especially with ranch dressing. Those of you who know me know that I like to change it up often, so to keep my kids on their toes I change their dipping sauce.

 

A few years back I came across a recipe for a dip that I tried and loved! I’ve taken it to many potlucks and served it at my place many times and everyone loves it! They always ask for the recipe.

 

Give it a try, you won’t regret it.

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Veggie Dip

2/3 cups plain Greek yogurt
2/3 cups mayonnaise
2 tbsp each shredded carrot, minced green onion, parsley
2 tsp ketchup
1 clove garlic minced
Salt and pepper (to taste)

Mix together all the ingredients in a small bowl and adjust seasonings. Chill before serving.
Serve with fresh vegetables.

Buen provecho!

Mother’s Day

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Next weekend is Mother’s Day. A day to take let your mom rest and shower her with love. Are you looking for a dessert ideas? I recently made these cupcakes and I think it would work great for this celebration.

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My bouquet has roses, mums, and this super cute marshmallow flower. It’s easy to make and it looks great.

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Once your baked and frosted your cupcakes with icing, here’s what you need:

  • mini marshmallows
  • Colored decorative sugars, divided by color into little sandwich bags
  • Food scissors


Cut each mini marshmallow in half on a diagonal. you will end up with 2  petals from each marshmallow.

Place the petals into a bag of decorative sugars, and give it a little shake. The sugars will only stick to the part of the marshmallow that was cut!

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Carefully place your marshmallow petals onto your cupcakes. They look great with little candies in the center, like M&Ms or pipe the center in with icing

To make the stems you can either use green licorice sticks or for a more authentic look, use real stems tied with a bow like I did. I went to a florist and asked for stems they were throwing out. They were happy to give them to me.

Happy Mother’s Day!